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ˈreɪ nɑrd, -nərd, ˈrɛn ərdrey·nard

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Reynardnoun

    a conventional name for a fox used in tales following usage in the old epic `Reynard the Fox'


  1. Reynardnoun

    a name in European folklore for the red fox.

  2. Etymology: French Renard (from which renard), from Reinhard, from ragina + harti.


  1. Reynard

    Reynard the Fox is a literary cycle of medieval allegorical Dutch, English, French and German fables. The first extant versions of the cycle date from the second half of the 12th century. The genre was popular throughout the Late Middle Ages, as well as in chapbook form throughout the Early Modern period. The stories are largely concerned with the main character Reynard, an anthropomorphic red fox, trickster figure. His adventures usually involve his deceiving other anthropomorphic animals for his own advantage or trying to avoid their retaliatory efforts. His main enemy and victim across the cycle is his uncle, the wolf, Isengrim (or Ysengrim). While the character of Reynard appears in later works, the core stories were written during the Middle Ages by multiple authors and are often seen as parodies of medieval literature such as courtly love stories and chansons de geste, as well as a satire of political and religious institutions. The trickster fox, Reynard, lives in a society of other talking animals (lion, bear, wolf, donkey, et cetera), making the stories a beast epic.The original copies were written in Old French, but have since been translated into many different languages. However, the tales of Reynard come from all across Europe and each retelling has details that are specific to that area. The tales, no matter where they take place, are designed to represent the society around them and include the structures of society around them such as a noble court. While the authors take many liberties with the story telling, not all of the satire is meant to be rude or malicious in intent.


  1. reynard

    Reynard is traditionally a common name used in medieval stories for a cunning and sly fox. The term originates from French and German lore where a fox character named 'Reynard' was often depicted as a trickster, displaying cleverness and wit to escape dangerous situations.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reynardnoun

    an appelation applied after the manner of a proper name to the fox. Same as Renard


  1. Reynard

    Reynard is a literary cycle of allegorical French, Dutch, English, and German fables largely concerned with Reynard, an anthropomorphic red fox and trickster figure.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Reynard

    rā′nard, or ren′ard, n. a fox, from the name given to the fox in the famous beast epic of Low Ger. origin, Reynard the Fox—also Ren′ard.—adj. Ren′ardine. [Fr.,—Old Flem. Reinaerd, Reinaert—Mid. High Ger. Reinhart (Old High Ger. Reginhart), lit. 'strong in counsel.']

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    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Reynard is ranked #24012 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Reynard surname appeared 1,050 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Reynard.

    81.8% or 859 total occurrences were White.
    12.7% or 134 total occurrences were Black.
    3.3% or 35 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.4% or 15 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 7 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Reynard in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Reynard in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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